I started very early and was in the centre of Rome by 8.30.
The only sign I could see at the Colosseum said entry was €12. What a rip! I went to the Palatine Hill. On the way I saw this
There was no queue at the Palatine Hill, and I could buy a ticket for that and the Colosseum for €12.
There was a small museum, full of more blasted pot shards, and some broken statues. I went on to Augustus’ house.
It all looked like a bit of a jumble.
There were also statues of Nero that had been reworked in to Domitian, then back to Nero again. I went out towards a large white building.
There were a lot of gelateria in the area. When in Rome! Then I went back to the Colosseum. The ticket queue had a billion people in in. But because I already had a ticket I could walk straight in. Suckers!
They have been doing it up constantly and now there is a museum around the outside corridors.
I didn’t find it that interesting. But once I was inside:
From there I walked down to the Circus Maximus.
Then I went down the Appian Way
Then I walked a bit further on to the baths of Caracalla. One part of this has become an athletic stadium. There were a lot of retirees running around the inside of the track. The Asians may live to an old age but they turn in to hunchbacks with one tooth. I have seen it. Older Italians may not be as old but they still jump hurdles.
The Baths of Caracalla are €6 to enter, and worth it.
This was basically a gym complex. I belong to Les Mills Auckland, which is the largest gym in NZ, and it is only about 1/5 the size of this.
From here I tried to find San Giovanni in Laterano. The route went off my map. I decided to head in the general direction. It worked, with a bit of a bimble.
The church is actually the cathedral of Rome and is a bubble zone that belongs to the Vatican.
It is on the tourist trail but was not crowded in the afternoon. From here I walked back towards the Colosseum. On the way I visited the Basilica de San Clemente, but it was nothing special.
For dinner I had my first pasta in Italy!
Actually it was not that good. There seems to be an industry selling frozen pasta meals to small outlets, this being an example.